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New to low-carb - increase in basal dose?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by thatgumulike, May 1, 2015.

  1. thatgumulike

    thatgumulike Type 1 · Member

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    Hi All,

    I've been low-carbing for around 3 weeks now and seems to be going reasonably well. I had to reduce my basal (Levemir) by about 20% over the first few days. Now, over the past week, I seem to be finding that my basal requirements are creeping back up again. I'm now back to the amount per day that I was on before starting LCHF, and will need to increase again (6.3 before bed last night, 16u Levemir at 10pm, 11.9 this morning!)

    I was just wondering if this was normal? I split my Levemir 10am and 10pm. I seem to have the 10am dose set correctly now as my blood sugars are good from lunchtime onwards, but looks like I need more at 10pm as the pattern seems to be that I'm high in the morning and need to correct to bring it down. I've read that it's normal to need higher bolus ratios when low-carbing, but I don't know if it's common to need more basal as well?

    Any advice would be appreciated!

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